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Pop up COVID-19 vaccine sites at some voting stations

Voters in Monday's Municipal Elections can be jabbed at one of the COVID-19 vaccine pop-up sites accross the country.
South Africans will be able to make their mark as well as get vaccinated at COVID-19 vaccine pop-up sites during Monday's Municipal Elections. (Photo: Freepik)
Written by Kalay Nair

Voters are urged to make use of pop-up COVID-19 vaccine sites at voting stations as South Africans gear up to make their mark in Monday’s 2021 Municipal Elections.

These additional sites have been put in place as government intensifies efforts to get two-thirds of the country vaccinated by the end of the year. As of yesterday, only 30.3% of the South African population had been fully vaccinated.

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, said there will be at least 1 000 pop-up sites at various voting stations across the country. Convenience and accessibility are the two main factors behind this initiative.

Two birds with one stone

“We are targeting those areas where the uptake of vaccines has been low. We hope that people can cast their ballots and get vaccinated in one trip,” said Phaahla.

The Johnson and Johnson (J&J) single dose vaccine will be prioritised at the pop-up sites.  However, the Pfizer vaccine will be available for those who prefer it or those who need to get their second dose.

Phaahla added: “Once a person has voted, they can proceed to the COVID-19 vaccine pop-up sites to be registered and then vaccinated.”

He said these carefully placed sites wouldn’t interfere with the election process.

Grocery voucher incentive

Phaahla also announced a pilot scheme to provide those over-60 with an incentive to get vaccinated by giving them R100 grocery vouchers. These can be redeemed at Usave, Shoprite and Checkers stores. The Vooma voucher will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis and can only be redeemed using an ID or passport number.

The health minister also said that it’s too early to determine the potential risk posed by the local government elections. But, said the country would know in about two weeks if the elections doubled up as super spreader events.

The number of new cases over the last seven days have fallen by 22% and the number of deaths are down by 7%.

You can find your nearest vaccine site at the SA coronavirus website:


– Health-e News


About the author

Kalay Nair

Kalay has worked in several news mediums including wire journalism and broadcast news. She was a parliamentary reporter at the SA Press Association before a stint at the Gulf News in Dubai. She joined the prime-time news team at eTV when she returned to South Africa. She was also part of the eNCA launch team, where she managed a national television newsroom, oversaw a team of reporters and planned major news events. She has a diploma in journalism from DUT, a certificate in financial journalism from Rhodes University; was a CNN fellow, and completed the WAN IFRA Media Management Online Training programme in 2020.

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